Children’s Eye Exams
Growing Eyes Can Change Quickly. Annual Eye Exams for Children Are Important- Book Your Child’s Today.

How Do Eyes Change as They Grow?

All parts of the body grow as we mature. For children, this process is accelerated as their growing bodies enter adolescence and puberty. Just as they grow in height and weight, so do their eyes: they become longer, wider, and change with maturity.

Refractive errors – such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism – are a result of a change in shape of the eye or its various structures (most notably, the cornea). While someone may not be born with a refractive error, it can absolutely develop over time.

Your child can’t tell you what they don’t know

A child is born with an adaptable mind. Coupled with a lack of life experience, many children simply aren’t aware that the blurriness or difficulty they face in their vision is abnormal. Therefore, they don’t know how to articulate what they’re seeing. After all, they don’t know anything different.

Setting Your Child Up for Success

At Listowel Vision Care, our main focus is ensuring your child enjoys a lifetime of great vision. We know how essential vision is to a growing child – especially academically.

Book your child for their annual eye exam. Remember, the Province of Ontario provides all children under age 19 annual financial coverage for their eye exams. Book yours today.

Facilitating Academic Success

Over 80% of what we learn in school is presented visually – As you can imagine, difficulties with eyesight can have a heavy influence on how your child performs academically. An eye exam is all it takes to ensure your child has the tools they need to succeed.

What to Expect During the Eye Exam

Be assured that our eye exams are non-invasive and are completely painless. If your child is nervous, let them know that everything we do is safe and gentle.

During the exam, we will perform a series of diagnostic tests. These tests look for things such as refractive errors and other conditions that may be impairing their vision or represent a potential health risk. The diagnostic tests typically take between 15 and 20 minutes. For a list of tests, click here.

With the preliminary tests completed, you and your child will meet with one of our Optometrists. The Optometrist will review the information collected from the tests as well as perform a few of their own. During this time the Optometrist will also assess other areas of health that impact eyesight and provide information and next steps (as needed).

Tests Performed During the Eye Exam

Preliminary tests – These tests are usually performed by an optometric technician prior to seeing our Optometrist.

  • Digital Retinal Optomap – An image of the back of the eye detects signs of diabetes, macular degeneration, optic nerve health, and cataract formation.
  • Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) imaging – A highly-detailed image of the optic nerve and retina provide essential diagnostic information about eye health.
  • Visual Field Analyzer –This test assesses your child’s visual field.
  • Auto-Refractor – Reads the curvature of the eye and helps approximate prescription readings. The measurements taken by the auto-refractor guide the Optometrist in fine-tuning the corrective lens prescription (if needed).
  • Non-Contact Tonometer – We usually only perform this test on children over the age of ten, unless there is a family history of Glaucoma. This test is performed by a measuring device that monitors the pressure of the eye. Abnormally high intraocular eye pressure (IOP) is a known indicator of glaucoma.
  • Slit Lamp Exam – Using an intense light and a specialized magnifying lens, the Optometrist assesses the sclera, cornea, and retina for signs of disease or abnormalities.
  • Visual Acuity Test – The famous “letters on the wall” test. The Optometrist will ask your child to read back letters and numbers from a standardized distance (approximately 20 ft / 6 m) in order to determine their visual acuity. For the very young child, we use completely objective acuity measurements, so the doctor does not require a response from the child to assess the sharpness of their sight. In slightly older, but not-yet-reading children, we utilize several different modalities and targets to achieve the sight measurement.
  • Retinal Imaging Assessment – The Optometrist will review the images taken by the digital retinal camera and OCT. Although we are not expecting to discover sight-threatening situations in children, a baseline is very important, so that we can determine whether a change occurred, either as a result of an injury, concussion or disease, or even nutritional challenges.

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